Dragons! Tales and Music from the North East (Performance, 17th June)

Dare to dance with a pair of Durham dragons, along with automatic monsters and creepy costumes at our free show in Durham Cathedral, Priors Hall, on 17th June, from 19.30, with a chance to mingle with the monsters before and after. Follow the Facebook Event for updates.

England’s North-East is uncommonly rich in legends about monstrous ‘worms’ which haunted humble villages as much as grand castles. This performance presents local tales with folk music, Renaissance instruments, rich costumes, pantomime, and puppetry. Expect trembling princesses, valiant champions, bloody ballads, and fierce beasts!

Courageous members of the audience are invited to take selfies with our dragons before and after the end of the show in the antechamber to Prior’s Hall, when regional artists will showcase automatic monsters and other creepy objects!

Our previous show, Souls of the North, gives you a sense of what to expect – although this only featured one dragon, and we’ll be introducing you to his new offspring on 17th June.

With Hector Sequera (lute), the Brothers Gillespie and other performers from the North-East, and Emma Berry/Phenix Studio Hexham.

You can find out more about the making of the Durham Dragon and the history behind some of the region’s monsters elsewhere on this website.

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Sponsored by Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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